Alias

*I was encouraged by a fellow writer and Alias fan to share this story which was originally written as a spec.  I still am a big fan of the show, and have been inspired, in part, by Alias to create my own spy story.  The events of this story idea take place some time after Season 4 but before Season 5.  Also, this is not the correct format (copy & paste distorted the script), so please do not follow this as an example.

“THE SECOND”

TEASER

TITLE: FLORENCE

EXT. CAFE – DAY

SARK and a young WOMAN are sitting at a table enjoying one another’s company.  A WAITER with two tea cups upon his tray approaches their table and sets them down.

SARK

Grazie.

The waiter eyes the woman as he walks away.

FROM ACROSS THE STREET

A camera shutter clicks the image of Sark and the woman.

EXT. SIDEWALK – DAY

The two are walking hand in hand.  Sark raises her hand to his lips and kisses her palm.

WOMAN

(British accent)

Are you sure this was a good idea?

SARK

Did you not enjoy yourself?

WOMAN

That’s not what I meant. We did not need to come into the city.

SARK

Of course we did.

They stop for a moment and he pulls her close and kisses her gently.  Camera click.  She smiles sweetly.  As they continue walking, she suddenly bends over grabbing her stomach.

WOMAN

Something’s wrong.

Her breathing quickly becomes shallow and Sark looks worried.

INT. HOSPITAL ENTRANCE – DAY

Sark and the woman are rushing into a hospital.  Sark has his arms around her as she holds her stomach.  A simple engagement ring on her finger.  He yells in Italian to the NURSE at the desk.

SARK

Assistenza, per favore. (Help, please.)

The nurse and a DOCTOR bring a gurney and help the woman on to it.  They wheel her towards a room as she cries out in pain.  As Sark tries to follow, another NURSE stops him.

NURSE

Aspettare qui. (Wait here.)

Sark runs a nervous hand through his hair.

END OF TEASER

ACT ONE

TITLE: LOS ANGELES

INT. APO CONFERENCE ROOM – DAY

SLOANE, JACK, SYDNEY, NADIA, VAUGHN, DIXON, WEISS, and MARSHALL are all seated around the conference table.

SLOANE

Last year when Mr. Sark claimed to be a changed man, he helped us to

intercept Anna Espinoza.  Since that time he has remained off the

board.  He has made no contact with any former associates and has

remained silent until now.

Sloane touches a button on the table and the picture of Sark and the woman at the cafe appears.  He touches the button again and a picture of them kissing appears.

SLOANE

These were taken in Florence six hours ago, but we are not the first

to know of his location.

Sloane touches a button on the table and video footage of Sark and the woman entering the hospital plays on a wall monitor behind him.

SYDNEY

Do we know who the woman is?

MARSHALL

When I entered her picture into the facial recognition analysis

program, there was one result.

Marshall touches a button on the table and a California DMV license photo appears on the monitor.

SYDNEY

Kate Austen.

MARSHALL

It appears she’s a civilian.

VAUGHN

So, what’s Sark doing with her?

MARSHALL

Well, I don’t know yet, but when I looked further into her records, it looks

like they were all falsified.  I’m waiting on confirmation.

SLOANE

An hour after being admitted for stomach pain, she was taken from

the hospital.

NADIA

By whom?

JACK

A faction of The Covenant, calling themselves The Coven.  They’ve

restructured themselves after the death of Elena, but have remained

fairly inactive until now.  It appears that they wanted the woman

as leverage and devised a plan that enabled them to take her without

Sark knowing.

SYDNEY

As leverage?  Sark has only ever been loyal to himself.  What makes

them think that he’ll meet their demands?

SLOANE

Sark contacted me less than an hour ago requesting a meet.  The Coven

has demanded a trade, the girl for a page from the Rambaldi book.

Sydney shakes her head.

SLOANE

What is it Sydney?

SYDNEY

This is classic.  You, Sark, and Rambaldi together again.  Is this

why he came out of hiding?

JACK

We must consider all the possible scenarios.  First we need to

uncover the true identity of this woman and her connection to Sark.

The Coven believes she is important enough to him to use her, and Sark

is willing to do what is necessary to see her released.  There are a

two things that concern me.  One, Sark came out of hiding.  Two, the

Coven has enough resources to have located Sark long ago and watched

him long enough to know where to strike.

Sydney and Nadia look at one another concerned.

SLOANE

We will also need to find out the importance of the Rambaldi page to

discover The Coven’s intent.  The meet is scheduled in Rome tomorrow

at noon local time.  I have been authorized to attend the meet, but

due to the nature of this case, Jack will be in charge.

Sydney looks at her father with a raised eyebrow, then to Sloane.

SYDNEY

I’d like to accompany you.

SLOANE

Of course.

They look at one another for a long moment.

INT. BULL PEN – DAY

Sydney and Jack walk together towards her desk.

SYDNEY

This is ridiculous.

JACK

I understand your frustration.

SYDNEY

Dad, how many times are we going to have this situation?  Sloane and

Sark together?  Sark within our grasp?  And we continue to do nothing.

JACK

Arvin has proven that he is reliable.

Sydney looks aghast.

JACK

I know his intentions have not always been clear…

SYDNEY

Anytime the names Sloane and Rambaldi are uttered together I get chills.

JACK

I know.

SYDNEY

And yet they are continually intertwined.

JACK

As are yours and Nadia’s in the same way.

She sighs.  He places a hand on her shoulder.

JACK

Let’s find out who Kate Austen is and the relevance of that page.

We’ll deal with the rest as it comes.

She nods.  Jack leaves and passes Vaughn who approaches Sydney.

VAUGHN

How are you doing?

SYDNEY

This circle never ends.  It seems that no matter what we do, we

always end back at square one.

VAUGHN

I know it feels that way, but we have accomplished a great deal.

SYDNEY

Only to have The Covenant reappear to do what now?  They are

responsible for so much destruction.

VAUGHN

And we’ll continue to fight them, regardless of what actions they

take.  Remember, the good guys win sometimes too.

Sydney smiles slightly.  Vaughn kisses her cheek.

SYDNEY

Let’s get to work then.

Sydney sits down and Vaughn exits.

INT. SLOANE’S OFFICE – DAY

Sloane is sitting behind his desk and Jack is seated on the couch beside it.  He is flipping through a file.  Marshall enters.

MARSHALL

Mr. Sloane.  Mr. Bristow.  I verified who Kate Austen is.

JACK

So, the falsified documents…

MARSHALL

Were false.  She’s MI-6.  Her real name is Emma Carlisle.  She went

deep undercover eighteen months ago.  Then around the same time Mr.

Sark went into hiding, she was reported missing after failing to make

contact with her handler.

SLOANE

She went undercover for what purpose?

MARSHALL

Her cover was that she left MI-6 and went rogue.  She was trying to

infiltrate The Covenant as a free agent.  That’s probably how they met.

JACK

Ironically, that still doesn’t explain why she truly went rogue.

MARSHALL

This sounds crazy, I’m sure, but what if they’re in love?

I mean he is charming and rather easy on the eyes…

SLOANE

Thank you, Marshall.

MARSHALL

Of course, sir.

Marshall places the file on Sloane’s desk and turns to leave then turns back.

MARSHALL

I should have the report from the hospital shortly.

Marshall exits awkwardly.  Sloane looks at Jack.

SLOANE

Love?

JACK

It has on occasion made people act in an…unorthodox manner.

SLOANE

To say the least.

Sloane shakes his head.

INT. BULL PEN – DAY

Sydney is at her desk on the phone.

SYDNEY

Yes, this is Sydney Bristow for Director Kendall. Yes, I’ll hold.

Sydney taps her pen on the open file folder showing the DMV photo of Kate Austen.

SYDNEY

Kendall, I need your help.  What do you know about page 48 in the

Rambaldi journal?

Sydney listens intently.

INT. APO CONFERENCE ROOM – DAY

The group has reconvened around the conference table.  Jack looks to Sydney.

JACK

What did you find out in regards to the Rambaldi page?

SYDNEY

Kendall is going to send us a copy, but what he did tell me is that it

contains a list of dates, past and present, and miscellaneous

information about something called “the herald”.

Sloane barely flickers, but Sydney watches him.

SYDNEY

Kendall says there are only a couple of references to this

“herald” so he couldn’t expand on the details.  He said that compared

to the rest of the journal, the “herald” is one detail that’s been left in

relative obscurity.

SLOANE

I have only heard it referenced in passing.  I will look into it.

Nadia looks at him.

JACK

As for Kate Austen, it’s an alias for Emma Carlisle, rogue MI-6

operative.  As she has been out of contact with her organization for

several months now, there are few logical explanations; being held

captive or taking an opportunity to expose herself in a call for help

were possibilities, then Marshall received the hospital report.

Jack looks to Marshall.

MARSHALL

Hello again, everybody.  It seems the Italian medical system is

almost as difficult to crack as one of my fire wall networks, but after

some persuasion, they gave me two pieces of information.  One, Miss

Austen, I mean Miss Carlisle was drugged.

NADIA

That was how The Coven got her alone.

MARSHALL

Yes, but they gave her a larger than the recommended daily dose of

Vitamin C.

VAUGHN

Vitamin C would send her to the hospital?

MARSHALL

It sometimes has adverse effects on pregnant women.

Everyone looks surprised.

INT. BULL PEN – DAY

Everyone is exiting the conference room.  Nadia approaches Jack.

NADIA

May I speak with you for a moment.

JACK

Of course.  Come to my office.

They walk towards Jack’s office.

INT. JACK’S OFFICE – DAY

Jack motions for Nadia to be seated.  She accepts.

NADIA

There is something familiar about that word, herald.

JACK

From where?

NADIA

When my father was injecting me with that Rambaldi serum.

Jack looks upset at the reminder.

JACK

Can you tell me anything you remember?

She shakes her head.

NADIA

I can’t pinpoint anything, but I’m sure my father knows something more

than he’s saying.  And it’s possible I know more too.

JACK

Are you thinking hypnosis?

NADIA

Yes.  Do you agree?

JACK

I think it’s a viable option, but I don’t want you to subject yourself

to any further harm if you think it might cause you to recall those

hallucinations.

Nadia pauses for a moment in thought, nodding her head.

NADIA

I think it’s important to discover the truth, especially if it might

cause further harm to Sydney or our loved ones.

JACK

Let me know if I can help you with anything.

NADIA

Of course.  Thank you.

Nadia rises to leave and turns back.

NADIA

Please don’t say anything to Sydney, I don’t think she would approve.

Jack nods in agreement and Nadia exits.

INT. CELL – DAY

Emma Carlisle sits upon a cot against a wall.  Her hands rest protectively over her stomach.  Faint light flickers from above.  A metal door opens and a shadowed figure enters.  The MAN has a Russian accent.

MAN

Miss Carlisle, I hope you are finding your accommodations

comfortable?

EMMA

That depends on how long I’m staying.

He’s amused.

MAN

That of course depends on your lover.

EMMA

Ah, yes.

MAN

I do find it interesting that such a woman, as yourself, would find

herself in such circumstances.

EMMA

I’ve been in worse.

MAN

Yes, of course, I have seen your file.  You are quite talented.

Emma stands before him.

EMMA

Thank you.  Are you recommending me for a job then?

He laughs to himself.

MAN

I could not quite do that with you in your current position, now could I?

EMMA

Is that position behind bars or with child?

He laughs again.

MAN

Besides, Julian would not support such action.  He wants to have the

family life in the country, no?

EMMA

Yes, we both do.

MAN

How did you both expect to escape your lives?  Did you really think

that the people that surround you would let you go?

EMMA

No.

MAN

Then why?

Emma looks down and rubs her stomach.

EMMA

We thought we’d try.

A GUARD from behind comes forward with a food tray and places it through a slot in the bars.

MAN

Then let us hope that he does not fail.

Emma looks up, her eyes teary.

END OF ACT ONE

ACT TWO

TITLE: ROME

EXT. ROMAN SQUARE – DAY

Sydney and Sloane enter the square.  She touches her earpiece.  Beep.

SYDNEY

Do you have a visual on Sark?

VAUGHN (O.S.)

Negative, Phoenix.

SYDNEY

Anything suspicious on the perimeter?

VAUGHN (O.S.)

Negative.

Sydney looks to Sloane.

SYDNEY

It seems we’re clear.

SLOANE

I don’t think Sark is willing to put that woman’s life in danger.

This should be a fairly simple meeting.

SYDNEY

Nothing with you or Sark is ever simple.

Sydney’s earpiece beeps.

JACK (O.S.)

Remember, Sark goes untouched.

SYDNEY

So not even a little overdue infliction of pain?

They continue walking.

INT. APO – DAY

Jack stands over Marshall who sits at a computer.  Jack holds the headset up to his ear.

JACK

As appealing as that sounds, that would be a negative, Phoenix.

Marshall smiles.

EXT. ROMAN STREET – DAY

A dark van is parked.

INT. VAN – DAY

Vaughn and Weiss are sitting inside a small van surrounded by mini blinking lights, monitors and computer equipment.  Vaughn is wearing a headset.

VAUGHN

Okay Phoenix, have a visual on Sark.  He’s entering the square

from the north side.

Vaughn watches the monitor with a view of Sark entering the square.

EXT. ROMAN SQUARE – DAY

Sydney and Sloane turn simultaneously to greet Sark.

SYDNEY

Made visual contact.

Sark approaches.

SARK

Sydney, it was good of you to come.

He reaches out to shake Sloane’s hand.

SARK

Arvin.

Sloane responds.

SYDNEY

Well, I never got a chance to thank you for helping me capture Anna Espinoza.

SARK

Ah yes, well, she has proven on several occasions to be difficult to hold on to.

I felt it only right in assisting you to obtain her.

Sydney smirks.

SLOANE

Shall we sit down?

They all move to a bench.  Sark sits between them.

SYDNEY

So, what are the details for the exchange.

SARK

This meeting was part of their demand, as a show of good faith.

Sydney begins to look at all the visitors of the park.

SARK

They swore that no harm would come to any of us.

SYDNEY

And you believe a group of terrorists?

SARK

I must.

Sydney looks at him skeptically.

SYDNEY

What does she mean to you?

SARK

As difficult as you may find this to believe, I love her.

SYDNEY

You are risking a great deal…

SARK

You would do the same, and have, on many occasions.

SYDNEY

Don’t compare us, we are not the same.

SARK

It is possible that we aren’t that different.

SLOANE

I think it would be wise to exchange the necessary information.

SARK

I agree.

SLOANE

What are the details?

SARK

The exchange has been set in the VIP room of the Funky Buddha, a

nightclub in London, Saturday night at 10 p.m.  Access is only given to

those on the guest list, so that should offer us some protection.

SYDNEY

How many can each side bring?

SARK

Only three.

SLOANE

Have they indicated the importance of the page?

SARK

Something about a herald.  Do you know what it means?

He looks to Sloane.

SLOANE

No, but we’re looking into it.  We understand that Emma Carlisle is MI-6.

Sark hesitates.

SARK

Yes.

SYDNEY

You knew this?

SARK

We are engaged to be married.  I would say there isn’t much I don’t know.

Sydney and Sloane look at one another.

SARK

You both seem surprised that I would want a quiet life. I told you Sydney,

I am a changed man.

SYDNEY

That seems to be a growing trend.

SARK

Emma means the world to me.  I need your help to get her back safely.

Will you help us?

Sydney concentrates on Sark.  She then looks at Sloane and they stand.  Sark remains seated.

SYDNEY

We’ll see you in London.

SLOANE

I’ll be in touch.

Sydney and Sloane walk off.  Sark speaks to himself.

SARK

Now, your sign of good faith.

His earpiece beeps.

EMMA (O.S.)

Julian?

SARK

Emma, love, you’re alright?  They haven’t hurt you?

EMMA (O.S.)

No, I’m fine.

MAN (O.S.)

Well done, Mr. Sark.  We will see you in London as well.

Sark looks around, stands, and exits the square.

TITLE: LOS ANGELES

INT. APO CONFERENCE ROOM – DAY

Marshall, Jack, and Dixon are all reviewing files.  Jack looks frustrated.

JACK

Is there anything?

DIXON

No, nothing yet.

JACK

Has Sloane contacted us with any information.

MARSHALL

He said he was waiting on a contact with a lead.

JACK

As soon as we hear something we need to move quickly.  We can’t hand

over the page without any knowledge as to what it refers to, or what power

they can wield with such information. Any more from Kendall?

DIXON

Within the hour.

JACK

Good.

They all resume their work.

TITLE: LONDON

EXT. LONDON STREET – NIGHT

A dark van sits on the corner across from the Funky Buddha.

INT. VAN – NIGHT

Sydney, Vaughn, and Sark are all dressed appropriately for a night on the town.  Dixon and Weiss, dressed in all black, sit among them as they look at blueprints and go over their plan.

SYDNEY

The VIP room is here at the back.

She points to different spots on the blueprints as she speaks.

SYDNEY

There is an emergency exit here.

She looks to Dixon and Weiss.

SYDNEY

You two will enter here at the delivery entrance and check out the

back rooms.  Now, since we won’t be handing over the actual Rambaldi

page, we will need to get Emma out before they discover the page is a fake.

VAUGHN

Since The Coven has been reorganized from remaining members

of The Covenant, we aren’t quite sure who we’re dealing with.  They,

of course, will know all of us.

Vaughn looks uneasily at both Sydney and Sark.

SARK

From the little time I have dealt with The Coven, I have learned they

are well organized and thorough.  We should be prepared for anything.

SYDNEY

I am still not completely confident in your new role as a family man.

I have doubts as to the validity of this mission.  How are we to know

that you haven’t arranged all this as some elaborate plan to obtain

this particular page?  Sloane would be more than pleased to have any

and all Rambaldi artifacts back in his possession, and you two have

proven on more than one occasion that you are willing to do what

ever is necessary to see to your end game.

SARK

Sydney, Rambaldi never meant anything more to me than a job.

Sydney looks skeptical.

SARK

It was a way of securing myself within an organization, and as you

know my allegiance was easily swayed.  I want out of this life and so

does Emma, and we’ll do what is necessary to secure a peaceful future

for our family. Learning that I was to be a father has changed me as

nothing else could.

Sydney and Vaughn look at one another with raised eyebrows.  Weiss coughs.

WEISS

Yea, it’s, uh, show time.

Sydney puts on a pair of glasses and tosses her hair.  She’s ready.  They all move to exit the van, when Sydney stops.  Leaning over she pats Sark down and discovers a gun at his ankle.

SYDNEY

Changed man or not, no weapon.

Vaughn smirks at Sark’s chagrin as they exit.

EXT. FUNKY BUDDHA – NIGHT

There is a long line waiting to enter the club.  Loud music filters onto the street causing PEOPLE standing by to dance.  Sark walks up to the DOORMAN and whispers into his ear.  The doorman looks at his list and lets the trio enter.

INT. MARSHALL’S OFFICE – DAY

Marshall is at his desk, headset on.  Jack stands over him.

MARSHALL

They’ve just walked in.

Jack crosses his arms and they both stand by.

INT. FUNKY BUDDHA – NIGHT

The club is very trendy and modern.  It is packed full of PARTY-GOERS.  Sark leads them to the back where the VIP area is enclosed in glass.  There is another DOORMAN standing guard.  Again, Sark whispers into his ear and the doorman lets them pass.

SYDNEY’S POV – Sydney looks around through rose tinted glasses for any familiar faces.  Her earpiece beeps.

MARSHALL (O.S.)

Looks like a swanky place.

SYDNEY

Anything Marshall?

MARSHALL (O.S.)

I see two in the back office, one posted at the door.

SYDNEY

Anything on the floor?

MARSHALL

Three o’clock.

SYDNEY

I’m looking. Wait…there.

She adjusts her glasses.  She sees TWO LARGE MEN by the side exit.

SYDNEY

I’ve got them.

She stops and holds on to Vaughn as she fiddles with her shoe, all the while keeping her focus on the two by the door.  She pushes a button on her glasses, a camera shutter clicks.

MARSHALL (O.S.)

Got it.

Vaughn and Sydney follow Sark into the VIP room.

INT. FUNKY BUDDHA VIP ROOM – NIGHT

MCKENAS COLE is seated and looks relaxed, sipping a martini.  There are TWO OLDER MEN, twins, seated on either side of him.  They appear more stiff.  Sydney quickly snaps a picture of the group.  McKenas sets down his drink on the table in front of him and stands to greet them.  Sydney looks to Vaughn and shakes her head.

SYDNEY

McKenas Cole.

MCKENAS

Welcome.  Pigtails, you continue to amaze me.  And Julian, how good it

is to see you again.

Sark reaches out to shake his hand.  McKenas moves around the table and waits as suddenly the two guards from outside enter and proceed with patting the trio down.

GUARD #1

They’re clean.

MCKENAS

Good, good.

He proceeds to shake Sark’s hand then moves toward Sydney.  He leans in as if to kiss her and she pulls away.

MCKENAS

No kiss?  But we haven’t seen each other in so long?

SYDNEY

Evidently not long enough.

He looks to Vaughn.

MCKENAS

And Mr. Michael Vaughn.  You’re somewhat of a legend, Mr. Vaughn.

What with your father, your ex-wife, and Sydney Bristow; you have a fairly

captivating history.  I must say I have really wanted to see what all the hype

has been about.  You don’t fail to please now do you?

VAUGHN

I do what I can.

McKenas chuckles and moves back to sit down.

MCKENAS

These are my associates, Alexei and Vladimir Kolya, ex-KGB.  Well, now

that we have all been introduced let’s get down to business.

SARK

I was told Emma would be here for the exchange.

MCKENAS

She’s nearby.

Sydney looks around.

MCKENAS

Please, be seated.

Sark and Vaughn sit directly across from McKenas while Sydney sits just off to the side so that she has a clear view of everyone.  Sydney’s earpiece beeps.

WEISS (O.S.)

We’re at the delivery entrance.

Sydney discreetly touches her ear.

TO THE DELIVERY ENTRANCE

Dixon and Weiss enter the club through the back entrance.  They quietly make their way through the storage room and are able to see the GUARD at the office door.

INT. OFFICE – NIGHT

Emma sits on the couch in the office while a GUARD leans on the desk watching her, gun in hand.

OUTSIDE THE OFFICE

Dixon with precise execution disarms the guard at the door and quickly pulls him away from the door.  Weiss moves to the door.  He knocks twice.

INSIDE THE OFFICE

The guard moves toward the door, then looks at Emma.

GUARD #3

Don’t move.

She looks at her belly.

EMMA

What do you think I’m going to do?

He looks perturbed and opens the door.  All he sees is the end of a gun as it comes slamming into his head.  He goes down immediately.

EMMA

Americans?

Dixon and Weiss both nod.

WEISS

How did you…

EMMA

You have a particular style.

She smiles.

DIXON

Let’s get you out of here.

EMMA

What of Julian?

DIXON

They’re still in the meeting.  We’ll let them know you’re safe.

At the same time Weiss speaks.

WEISS

We’ve recovered the package.

TO THE VIP ROOM

Sydney is listening.

WEISS (O.S.)

We’ll meet you at the checkpoint.

The Rambaldi page is on the table and the three men are all looking it over.

SYDNEY

What is the importance of this page and the “herald”?

MCKENAS

Filling you in would spoil the fun.

VAUGHN

Rambaldi’s work has never been about fun.

MCKENAS

Not to the casual observer.  As Sydney’s role in his prophecy is not yet

complete, it would be unfair to give away the ending.  Only know that

the “herald” is the final phase to fulfilling Rambaldi’s work.

VAUGHN

I’m not sure I like the sound of that.

Vaughn looks uneasily at Sydney.  She makes a slight gesture with her eyes to the door.

VAUGHN

I think our transaction is complete.  If you would please bring Ms. Carlisle forward.

Sark looks to Vaughn who nods slightly.  Sark understands.

MCKENAS

Of course.  A deal is a deal.

McKenas motions with his head to the guards at the door.  One of them leaves.  Sydney, Vaughn, and Sark all stand.

SARK

Then our business is complete. It was good to see you again, Mr. Cole.

The guard returns with haste, gun drawn.  Simultaneously, Alexei and Vladimir look up from the Rambaldi page.

ALEXEI                                 VLADIMIR

This page is a fake.                  This page is a fake.

Sark looks at them, their voices similar.  McKenas draws his gun and points it at Sark.

MCKENAS

Did you think you could fool us?

Suddenly gunshots ring out and both guards go down.  The crowd begins to scurry in panic and screams.  In the middle of the pandemonium Emma stands firm.  In an instant, McKenas’ aim changes and Sark runs to shield Emma.

Alexei and Vladimir are jumping behind the couch as another shot rings out and the glass around the VIP room shatters.  Sydney and Vaughn are in a crouched position guns pointed at McKenas when gunfire from outside the room rings out.  In the chaos, McKenas runs through a broken window followed by Alexei and Vladimir, as Sydney and Vaughn take cover behind the side-turned table.

They both look over and see Sark lying on top of Emma.  He’s been shot.

Dixon and Weiss come in from the emergency exit and take out TWO SHOOTERS and suddenly everything goes quiet.

WEISS

Is everyone okay?

EMMA

Julian?  Julian?

Sydney and Vaughn appear from behind the table to look at the scene.

INT. MARSHALL’S OFFICE – DAY

Marshall is panicked.

MARSHALL

Is everybody okay? Hello?

He taps his headset nervously.

END OF ACT TWO

ACT THREE

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM – DAY

Sark is lying in bed, Emma is sitting by his side, holding his hand.  Sydney enters.

SYDNEY

How is he?

EMMA

Better.  He came out of surgery this morning.  The bullet punctured his lung.

SYDNEY

He’s young and strong, he’ll be fine.

EMMA

Thank you.

SYDNEY

And how are you doing?  Any effects from that overdose?

EMMA

I’m a bit more tired, but I’m well.

SYDNEY

When are you due?

EMMA

About three months.  I’m beginning to feel quite round.

Sydney smiles.

SYDNEY

Well, you look wonderful.

EMMA

And you’re an excellent liar, but thank you.

SYDNEY

Do you know if it’s a boy or a girl?

EMMA

A boy.  We haven’t quite decided on a name yet.

Emma looks at Sark as she speaks.

SYDNEY

Well, congratulations.

Emma turns back and nods a thank you.  Sydney sobers.

SYDNEY

You realize both our agencies have a lot of questions.

EMMA

I know.  I can explain my actions, but they won’t spare Julian from

imprisonment.  Me neither, I suppose.

SYDNEY

I’ve known Sark for a while and I’ve never seen him sacrifice

himself for anyone.  He does love you.

Emma smiles sweetly.

EMMA

I know it sounds corny, but we knew it the first time we met.

Hopefully, it will sustain us for the rough times ahead.

SYDNEY

Believe me, I understand what it’s like to fall in love and want to

run away and forget this life we lead.  No one should have to endure

the things we have.

EMMA

Won’t you help us then?

SYDNEY

I can’t.  Sark is one of the bad guys we’re supposed to stop.  Our

agencies try to protect the world from people like Julian Sark and

the people he works with.

Sydney looks forlorn.

SYDNEY

As much as I sympathize with your situation, you know what must be done.

There is a knock on the door.  Vaughn’s head appears in the opening.

VAUGHN

The agents have arrived.

Sydney nods.  She turns back to Emma.

SYDNEY

I am sorry.

EMMA

Please don’t.  It’s not your fault.

Emma stands and looks at Sark lovingly.  She leans down and kisses him gently on the lips.

EMMA

I’ll see you soon, my love.

She kisses him again.  She stands and turns toward Sydney, tears welling in her eyes.

EMMA

Thank you for letting me spend this time with him.

Sydney only nods.  Emma makes her way to the door, turns one last time to look at Sark then exits.

INTO THE HALLWAY

FOUR MI-6 MEN in black suits stand with Vaughn.  Emma approaches them and holds her hands out to them.  They place her in cuffs and two of them lead her away.  She turns to look at Sydney and Vaughn.

EMMA

By the way, thank you for coming to my rescue.

She smiles as she turns back.  The other two men come toward the door.

MI-6 MAN

We’ll take it from here.  Thank you.

Sydney and Vaughn both sigh deeply and walk together down the hall.  Vaughn puts his arm around Sydney and pulls her to his side.

TITLE: LOS ANGELES

INT. APO CONFERENCE ROOM – DAY

Everyone but Jack is seated at the conference table.

JACK

While you were on your last mission, the DSR facility in Nevada

had a break in.  Page 48, among other Rambaldi artifacts, were taken.

He touches a button on the table and the wall of monitors behind him shows the pictures of FOUR MEN.  Sydney and Vaughn look at one another.

SYDNEY

Who are they?

JACK

These are the four MI-6 agents that were supposed to pick up Sark and

Emma Carlisle.

VAUGHN

What do you mean supposed to?

Everyone looks confused.

CUT TO:

INT. GARAGE – DAY

The four real MI-6 agents are approaching their vehicles when a dark van pulls up.  The van’s side door is open and shots ring out as the four agents go down.

JACK (V.O)

They used tranq guns.

The four men from the hospital exit the van and remove the agents from the scene.

CUT TO:

INT. HOSPITAL ENTRANCE – DAY

The four men enter the hospital dressed as the agents.

JACK (V.O.)

These men, obviously working for The Coven, then helped Sark and

Emma Carlisle to escape.

The four men approach Vaughn, flashing their badges for identification.

EXT. HOSPITAL – DAY

Emma is in the middle of the two men.  A car pulls up and McKenas Cole opens the back door to let her in.  She holds her bound hands out, he slides out of the car and unlocks her handcuffs.  He then kisses her on the cheek and allows her to get in.

EMMA

Thank you for coming to my rescue.

MCKENAS

How could I not?

The car door shuts.

CUT TO:

INT. APO CONFERENCE ROOM – DAY

The image of McKenas and Emma is now on screen. Sydney sounds exasperated and puts a hand to her forehead.

SYDNEY

So, it was all a ploy.  To get the page.

JACK

I’m not so sure, but it does appear that way.  We do have some good

news.  Marshall was able to track the Russians to a site in Budapest.

NADIA

How?

Jack looks to Marshall.

MARSHALL

So, I know it’s not a new idea, I’ve used this trick before, but I placed

a radioactive isotope in the ink on the duplicate Rambaldi page.

When they left the club in London, I was able to follow their movements.

They went directly to Budapest.

JACK

The plane leaves in an hour.

SYDNEY

What about Sloane?  Has he received any information?

JACK

Sloane left a short time ago to meet with a contact.  We might know more soon.

SYDNEY

He went alone?

JACK

He’s meeting with a source. I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt

in this case.  You should all get ready.

Everyone rises from the table.

INT. BULL PEN – DAY

Nadia approaches Jack.  They walk towards his office.

NADIA

I was able to uncover a piece of information from my first hypnosis session.

JACK

Already?

NADIA

Yes.  The herald is to arrive on a future date.  One of the dates on Page 48.

JACK

Arrive?

NADIA

It wasn’t clear.  I saw a jumbled mess of images, but one date stuck out, April 7. 4–7.

JACK

Of course it is.

NADIA

I’m going back for another session.  Maybe I’ll find out something more.

JACK

I think you should tell Sydney.

NADIA

Not until we have something more substantial to go on.

JACK

I’ll leave it to you to decide.

NADIA

Thank you.

Nadia exits.

EXT. ITALIAN VILLA – NIGHT

It is early evening.  A beautiful villa on the lake.

INT. VILLA LIVING ROOM – NIGHT

McKenas Cole and Sark are seated in a plush living room, enjoying tea.  Sark’s arm is in a sling.

MCKENAS

How are you feeling today?

SARK

Much better, thank you.

MCKENAS

And Emma?

SARK

She’s been a bit tired. She’s resting now.

A GUARD enters the room.

GUARD #4

Mr. Cole, your guest has arrived.

MCKENAS

Please show him in.

The guard leaves.

MCKENAS

All the pieces are falling into place. We are so close to fulfilling

Rambaldi’s plan.

The guard returns, a MAN following behind him.  McKenas looks up pleased.

MCKENAS

Welcome to my humble abode.

The guard has moved out of the way to reveal–

–Arvin Sloane.

TITLE: BUDAPEST

EXT. WAREHOUSE – NIGHT

Sydney, Vaughn, Nadia, and Dixon in their black fatigues scan the perimeter of the warehouse.

INT. APO – DAY

Marshall and Weiss are on coms. The monitor shows an almost x-ray image of the warehouse. It shows no movement.

MARSHALL

The building is clean.

Marshall types on his keyboard.

EXT. WAREHOUSE – NIGHT

Sydney signals for the team to move forward.

TO THE WAREHOUSE DOOR

The team enters the building.

INT. WAREHOUSE – NIGHT

The team splits into two as they search room by room.  It appears to be abandoned.

CUT TO:

INT. VILLA LIVING ROOM – NIGHT

The three men are seated around the coffee table that sits in the middle of the plush couches and furnishings.

SLOANE

I hope your men cleaned the site thoroughly.

MCKENAS

I have faith in their abilities.

SLOANE

Are you sure about that?  My agency was able to track them to Budapest,

and there is a team heading there now.

MCKENAS

They won’t find anything.  Even if they do, rest easy, we are in the final stages.

SLOANE

Nothing can interfere.  I have waited too long to see how this ends, I have

sacrificed too much.

Sloane looks determined.

INT. WAREHOUSE – NIGHT

Sydney and Vaughn come upon a large metal door at the rear of a large room.  There is a security access panel on the side.  Vaughn sets down his weapon and immediately begins taking off the face plate.

SYDNEY

We found something.

She watches Vaughn splice together the wires.  Nadia and Dixon enter the room.

NADIA

What is it?

SYDNEY

Marshall, can you tell us anything?

MARSHALL (O.S.)

From the building schematics, it appears to be the central facility

of the site.  All power sources run into the room, but there’s another

door at the end of the hall.

VAUGHN

Got it.

The door slides open.  Sydney enters carefully.

INT. HALLWAY – NIGHT

A sloped walkway is dimly lit by emergency back-up lights.

SYDNEY

Can you override the system?

MARSHALL (O.S.)

Not from here, it appears that the system is self-contained.  They

aren’t patched into a network.

The team follows the curve around to another security door.  Vaughn begins the process again.  The door slides open.

INT. LABORATORY – NIGHT

The team enters a lab.  Dixon finds a light switch.  The lab has been dismantled, but some remnants of testing remain.  The team spreads out.

DIXON

Marshall, is there any way to find out what this facility was used for?

MARSHALL (O.S.)

It was a front for The Covenant.  It could have been used for anything.

Nadia moves to a computer and looks at it.  She opens the computer tower’s cover.

NADIA

The hard drive has been removed.

VAUGHN

They cleaned this place out.  They didn’t want us to find anything.

Sydney looks at the equipment in the room: incubators, monitors, broken test tubes and beakers.  There is a half wall near the back.  She moves to find a medicine cabinet and refrigerator.  She opens the door to the fridge and sees one vile on a rack.  With a shaky hand, Sydney removes the vile to read the label —

–SYDNEY A. BRISTOW.

SYDNEY

Oh my god.

Vaughn approaches.

VAUGHN

What is it?

Sydney cannot speak but hands Vaughn the vile.  He looks startled.  Sydney walks to the door of the lab silently defeated.  Nadia calls after her.

NADIA

Sydney?

VAUGHN

Sydney, wait.

Sydney exits without looking back.

INT. WAREHOUSE – NIGHT

Sydney runs through the abandoned warehouse, room by room.  She throws the door that leads outside wide open.

EXT. WAREHOUSE – NIGHT

Sydney gasps for air as she runs outside of the warehouse.  Her breathing is uneasy as she struggles to regain her emotions.

SYDNEY

This can’t be happening.

She runs her hands nervously through her hair.  Nadia, Dixon, and Vaughn approach her.

NADIA

Sydney.  Are you alright?

SYDNEY

They left that for me to find.  They knew we would come here and

they wanted me to know that they had succeeded in their plans.  I

destroyed one facility, but they had a second.

Anger has replaced all else.

SYDNEY

I guess they didn’t have all my eggs in their one basket.

They all stand speechless.

INT. VILLA LIVING ROOM – NIGHT

The three men are still in conversation when Emma enters.

EMMA

I hope I’m not interrupting.

SARK

Not at all, love.

Sark rises to greet her.  He kisses her cheek and ushers her to his seat.  He leans against the arm of the plush chair.

SARK

How are you feeling?

EMMA

Much better.  I just needed a rest after all that travel.

SLOANE

You look lovely, my dear.

EMMA

Thank you, Arvin.  So, what have I missed?

MCKENAS

Nothing to worry about.  Just tying up some loose ends.

EMMA

Budapest?

MCKENAS

I’ve been assured all is taken care of.

SLOANE

I’ll know soon enough.

Emma quickly gasps.

SARK

Is everything alright?

EMMA

Here.  Feel.

She moves his hand to her round belly.  He waits.  Then suddenly smiles.

SARK

He’s kicking again.

SLOANE

Have you decided on a name yet?

EMMA

We tried to find some meaning within the text or a clue as to

what he should be named.  We’re thinking of Jude, as it

means herald.

SLOANE

It’s perfect.

Emma and Sark smile at one another with pride.

END OF ACT THREE

ACT FOUR

TITLE: LOS ANGELES

INT. JACK’S OFFICE – DAY

Nadia and Jack are talking.  Jack seems distressed by the conversation.

INT. BULL PEN – DAY

Sydney and Vaughn are at Sydney’s desk.

VAUGHN

What’s going on in there?

SYDNEY

It looks serious.  Maybe something about Sloane?

VAUGHN

I wonder what he’s done now?

They appear to be speculating on the idea.

TO JACK’S OFFICE

Jack waves to Sydney to come into his office.

SYDNEY’S DESK

She and Vaughn immediately obey.

INT. JACK’S OFFICE – DAY

Jack sits down.  Sydney and Vaughn enter.

JACK

Close the door.

Sydney moves to sit by Nadia.  Vaughn closes the door but remains standing.

SYDNEY

Is everything okay?

Nadia looks pale.

JACK

When Nadia first heard the reference to “The Herald”, she came to me.  She said

she recognized it from her time under Rambaldi’s serum induced hallucinations.

Through hypnosis she was able to identify some particular details.

SYDNEY

Why didn’t you tell me?

Sydney reaches for Nadia’s hand and holds it.

NADIA

I didn’t want to worry you.  I wasn’t even sure I would be able to remember anything.

SYDNEY

But you did?

Nadia nods.

JACK

The herald is a person.  A child in fact, due 4–7.

Now Sydney appears to go pale.  She shakes her head in disbelief.

SYDNEY

No.

NADIA

I think The Coven did succeed in Budapest.

SYDNEY

But April 7th is only three months away.

The room goes silent.  When Sydney speaks, it resonates with realization.

SYDNEY

Emma.

She holds a hand to her forehead awe struck.

SYDNEY

And Sloane’s known all along.

NADIA

I think so.

Sydney and Nadia look at one another.  She then turns to Jack.

SYDNEY

Dad, what are we going to do?

JACK

We’ll use all available resources to find Emma and Sark.  And we’ll

have to keep this information from Sloane.

VAUGHN

Maybe we can use him to our advantage.  He might be able to

lead us to Sark.

Jack nods in agreement.

INT. SYDNEY’S BEDROOM – NIGHT

Sydney and Vaughn are lying in bed together.  Vaughn has both his arms around Sydney, holding her as close to him as possible.  He kisses her forehead and strokes her back.

VAUGHN

Do you want to talk?

SYDNEY

There are no words.  I just wish I could erase this day…this woman

will render the greatest power unto utter desolation.

She finally lets go and cries.  Vaughn holds her tighter, rocking her.

EXT. ITALIAN VILLA TERRACE – DAY

Emma is sitting in the early morning light on the villa’s terrace.  She is picking at a scone she is resting on her stomach.  Sark comes up behind her, brushes her hair to the side to kiss her neck. As he leans forward, we see–

— < 0 >

The symbol of Rambaldi followers behind her left ear.

SARK

Good morning.

Emma smiles brightly and raises a hand to touch his cheek.  He moves around to sit next to her.

SARK

And what has you in such deep thought at such an early hour?

EMMA

I was thinking of where it might be nice to raise our son?

SARK

Not in the States and we’re not going back to England.

EMMA

No, of course not.  I do love it here.

SARK

We do have a few details to sort over the coming months.  I sometimes still

can’t believe our good fortune.  Should we send Sydney some sort of thank you?

EMMA

Don’t be cruel.  She was very kind to me in hospital, and she was

truly trying to help us, despite her aversion to you.

SARK

Yes, she is ever of a kindly nature.  Maybe we should name the baby after her?

EMMA

You’re terrible.

SARK

And that’s one of the things you love about me.

Sark reaches out to rest his hand upon her belly, and she nods in agreement.

FADE OUT.

Advertisements

One thought on “Alias

  1. Pingback: Writing Prompt #37 | A Writer's Discrepant Memoirs and Other Tales

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s